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Episode 62: Une Carte Postale de Paris

Hello all! This is an extra episode, recorded when we visited Paris earlier this year.

Here are a few snaps… Who couldn’t include the Eiffel Tower? Especially at dusk, when it’s covered in twinkly lights…

Some enigmatic bird…

Naopleon III’s apartments at the Louvre.

La Droguerie…

 

Apologies that this one is on its side. I took it on the iPad and no matter how many times I save it in the other oirientation, it’s not having any of it!

 

Boules in front of Les Invalides…

 

 

A statue on the Pont Alexandre III. I was fascinated by the padlocks…

Look! It’s Miss France!

Links

La Droguerie

Lil Weasel

The Louvre

La Musée Rodin

La Musée du Quai Branly

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – we’re covering 5 continents now but I’d still love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,

Nic x

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Episode 55: A Postcard From The Olympics

Hello from a variety of Olympic venues and tourist sites in London. The Olympics have started!! In this episode I try to capture a flavour of what it’s like to attend some of the events, plus I visit a couple of well-known places I’ve never been before…

On the Hooks and Needles

My Ravellenics projects are Millicent by The Natural Dye Studio and another Woolsack cushion in Sheepfold Clotted Cream. Details here and here .

Links

Nest

Caithness Craft Collective

A Playful Day

Woolsack

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – we’re covering 5 continents now but I’d still love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here  or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,

Nic x

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Episode 53: A Postcard From Oxford

Hello from the Plain! The last few weeks have flown by in a whirl of assessments and cushions, so this is just a quick update prior to the Postcard, which was recorded back in April.

Woolsack Update

The first two Listener Cushions are now assembled and stuffed and ready to make their way to London. Thank you all so much!

The first cushion I think is made from a lot of Rowan British Breeds, and includes a square made in the US on the front….
and squares made in Australia on the back…

The second cushion also has some “Made in Oz” squares, this time on the front….

Thanks to all the listeners who contributed!

A Postcard from Oxford

The music in this postcard is from the album The Oxford Ramble and is used with the kind permission of Magpie Lane .

Some photos from the day:

Magdalen Tower
Inside Darn It & Stitch
The dinosaur in a badly-knitted Fair Isle sweater (aka Keble College)
Another dinosaur – real this time!
Looking down into the Pitt Rivers – it looks a lot darker than this in real life!
The Shrunken Heads in the Pitt Rivers
The Radcliffe Camera
The Bodleian Library
Links
Darn It and Stitch http://www.darnitandstitch.com/ ;
Oxford University Museum of Natural History http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/ ;
Pitt Rivers Museum http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/ ;
Ashmolean Museum http://www.ashmolean.org/

Theme Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – we’re covering 5 continents!

Feel free to leave a comment here or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN,

Nic x

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Episode 43: A Postcard From… The Lake District

Hello from a gloriously sunny, if blustery, Cheshire Plain. In this episode I talk about my crafty AD/HD, bemoan a lack of pictures and send you a postcard from my recent break in the Lakes.

Works in Progress: I cast off my Damson! It’s not yet blocked, but Ravelry details are here.You can’t see the loopy border in this shot, but proof that it is indeed finished.

I’ve also been dying more yarn (Kid Silk Lace from Posh Yarn) and fibre (more BFL and also some Falkland Sliver from DT Craft & Design, and a selection of Gotland curls from May Hill Gotlands (gotland_mayhill@yahoo.com) in the Forest of Dean and carded grey Gotland from Blacker Yarns) to use up the dye solutions from last weekend.

Talking of last week’s marathon dying session, I used the dyed Sheepfold Clotted Cream and some black Hebredian to crochet a set of interlocking rings for the Cheshire Guild’s exhibition on the theme of circles. I also took the dyed BFL fibre and needled felted it on in a series of cirlces along a length of the undyed BFL top which I’d lightly needled felted to keep the wave of the fibre visible. Of course I’ve not been so clever as to take photos of them before I handed them over to the Exhibition Secretary, so you’ll have to wait a while, or come and see the Exhibition!

Woolsack Update: I’ve been working on more little squares using JaneKAL pattern recipe to make up cushion fronts and backs made by members of the Guild and seaming some of them together. It looks like we could have over 30 cushions just from the Guild alone, let alone any from members of the public who come along on the day. I’m so excited!

I’ve also started warping up my loom to weave a cushion in Wool City Wool 4ply from Texere Yarns.

A Postcard from … the Lake District: Sadly the vast majority of photographs I talk about in the clips were lost when my memory card corrupted, but I have this shot of me behind Dove Cottage…

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…my Cream Tea…

…a view from the drive north from Windermere, showing Derwentwater glistening by Keswick…

and a shot of some of the alpaca…

Alpaca Heaven:

Links: Woolsack; Keswick Launch on Derwentwater; Dove Cottage; I Wander’d Lonely as A Cloud, read by Graham Williams for LibriVox; Find out more about The Terrible Knitters of Dent at the Dent Village Heritage Centre; The Alpaca Centre; Wonder of Wool exhibition at Rheged; Susan Crawford; Kate Jenkins; Freddie Robins; Joss Wrigg; Amy Twigger Holroyd.

Upcoming Events: Cheshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are taking demonstrating and holding their exhibition at West Kirby Library on Tuesday 10th, Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April. Come along and say hello!

The Guild is also hosting a Woolsack Stuffing Event at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire on Saturday 21st April, 11am-3pm. This event is open to anyone in the area to drop in and stuff your cushion. There is carparking at the Centre and refreshments.

The WOW exhibition runs at the Rheged Centre, Cumbria until Sunday 15th April and is open daily.

Wonderwool Wales is at the Royal Welsh Showground, Built Wells, Sat 28th and Sun 29th April.

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – we’re covering 4 continents now but I’d still love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or at http://www.yarnsfromtheplain.blogspot.com/, or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN, Nic

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Episode 41: A Postcard From Manchester

Hello from the Cheshire Plain. Spring is definitely in the air! This episode sees the launch of a new, occasional, series A Postcard From… A prize is available for anyone who can identify the music clips in the postcard!

Works in Progress: No work on the Damson Shawl as part of the Caithness Craft Collective Knitalong. Ravelry details are here.

I’ve completed a second bear this year for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL over at the CogKNITive podcast. This one is called Frank, in honour the the recently departed Frank Carson.

Frank

Woolsack Update: I’m partway through another cushion for Woolsack. Although I described the pattern, I didn’t actually name it (shame on me). It is Tilting at Windmills by Woolly Thoughts.

Woolsack cushion V

Spinning: I’m still spinning the Cheviot I got in the Secret Santa on the UK Spinners board on Ravelry from Shunklies. I’m now over three-quarters of the way through it.

A Postcard from…Manchester

Whilst writing these show notes, I’ve made the horrific discovery that my memory card has corrupted, so I only have a few photos that I took on my phone to share, and those do not include the detail from The Hireling Shepherd by William Holman Hunt. So sorry!

The Jasperware by Wedgewood on the landing in the Manchester Art Gallery.

And the landing itself, looking at the casts of the Parthenon friezes.

This is the sign I mentioned when I was outside Affleck’s.

I took some superb pictures of the theatre-in-the-round structure inside The Royal Exchange, but sadly you’ll just have to put up with these two wobbly shots of the same area, to go with the shortened clip (I was just too quiet!)

Links: Woolsack; Mother Bear Project; iMake Podcast; Knit A Journey Podcast; Fred Aldous; Purl City Yarns.

Music: Rondopolska by Barry Philips, from the album Tråd, available from Magnatune.

We have a listeners’ map. Please go on over to pop in a pin – I’d love to see where you all are!

Feel free to leave a comment here or email me at yarnsfromtheplain AT googlemail DOT com. We have a Ravelry group here, so come on over to chat. You can find me on Ravelry as talesfromtheplain and on Twitter as talesfromplain (although Tweeting can be sporadic!).

TTFN, Nic

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